Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge has been elected by the influential Congressional Black Caucus to lead its 113th Congress.
Fudge, who was selected on Nov. 14, will hold the post for two years, setting the political agenda for more than 40 black U.S. House of Representatives members. She will also serve as a national spokeswoman on issues affecting African Americans.
"Marcia Fudge is an exceptional leader," said Chairman Emanuel Cleaver. "She has served her constituents and the state of Ohio with unmatched fervor and has been an outspoken member of the CBC in supporting policies that protect the most vulnerable in our country. With the challenges facing our nation, the Congressional Black Caucus must continue pushing to ensure every American has equal opportunity to achieve their version of the American dream. Rep. Fudge will see to it that the Congressional Black Caucus remains the most vocal when equal opportunity and justice is under attack."
Fudge, who was unanimously elected, expressed her gratitude.
"I am honored and humbled to serve as the next Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and congratulate all other officers elected," she said. "As members of the Congressional Black Caucus, we have been deemed the "Conscience of the Congress" for a reason. We share a commitment to champion the issues of millions of Americans who yearn for a better future. We remain concerned about unemployment, particularly the high rate of unemployment among African Americans."
The Caucus also unanimously elected G.K. Butterfield (NC) to serve as First Vice Chair, Yvette Clarke (NY) as Second Vice Chair, Rep. André Carson (IN) as Secretary and Rep. Karen Bass (CA) as Whip.